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What is Sustainable Farms and Fields?

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No-till drill - San Juan Island CD

Sustainable Farms and Fields (SFF) is a grant program that makes it easier and more affordable for farmers and ranchers to implement climate-smart practices and projects that increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Through SFF, farmers and ranchers may receive free services — such as on-farm consultations, climate-smart farm plans, and other technical expertise — and financial assistance to help cover the cost of eligible projects, equipment, seeds for cover crops, and other expenses.

The Washington State Legislature created SFF in 2020 and provided seed funding for the Conservation Commission to design the program framework in partnership with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State University, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Download program fact sheets in English and Spanish.

SFF is part of the Washington Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI)

The Washington Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI) is a partnership between the Washington State Conservation Commission, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Washington State University.

WaSHI establishes a coordinated approach to promoting healthy soils in Washington through research, outreach and education, and funding opportunities throughout Washington’s diverse regions and cropping systems.

Learn more about WaSHI:

Washington Soil Health Initiative

Examples of potential grant-eligible activities include:
  • Providing personalized and on-site technical expertise, such as developing climate-smart farm plans.
  • Sharing the cost of climate-smart practices/projects, such as planting trees/shrubs, implementing no-till/direct seed, managing manure storage and application, planting cover crops, composting/mulching, and purchasing precision agriculture equipment/technology.
  • Purchasing seed, spores, animal feed, and soil amendments.
  • Purchasing shared-use equipment (e.g., no-till planter) that will be made available through local entities, such as conservation districts or farm co-ops.
  • Demonstration projects showcasing a practice eligible through SFF that is not commonly used in an area and must include a substantial outreach component OR demonstration projects used to gather more information about the feasibility and impact of a practice that is not yet eligible but shows promise as a climate-smart practice.

Who can apply?

SFF funding is open to conservation districts and other public entities that possess the expertise to provide technical assistance and the capacity to implement climate-smart practices. These entities include:

•       Conservation districts

•       State agencies

•       Colleges, universities, and extension offices

•       Federally recognized tribes

•       Counties

•       Cities, towns, and other municipalities

•       Special purpose districts

SFF funding is open to conservation districts and other public entities only. Interested producers should reach out to their CD, WSU Extension Office, or local climate-smart government program.

Learn more about SFF guidelines:

Check out the latest SFF Q&A webinar on May 24, 2023 and download slides here.

A photo of the opening screen for the Sustainable Farms and Fields presentation with the slide image large and a smaller video box featuring Alison Halpern.

Resources

More information

Questions about the Sustainable Farms and Fields Program? Please contact the SFF Team at sff@scc.wa.gov.

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Files & Publications

Check out these files to learn more about the SFF program.

File Name
Summary

What are the programs that are funded by the climate commitment act or CCA funding? SCC's total allocation of CCA funding adds up to over $86 million in funds.

Check out SFF application questions prior to the funding round being open. Note: questions may be amended or added to the application and this is for informational purposes only.

Report to the Washington State Legislature Fiscal Year 2022-23, Oct. 15, 2023

List of projects funded in fiscal year 2023.

The Sustainable Farms and Fields grant program is established under RCW 89.08.610 through 89.08.635. You can read the programmatic guidelines here.

The Washington Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI) is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State University, and the Washington State Conservation Commission.

La Iniciativa de Salud del Suelo de Washington (Washington Soil Health Initiative, WaSHI) es una asociación entre el Departamento de Agricultura del Estado de Washington, la Universidad Estatal de Washington y la Comisión de Conservación del Estado de Washington.

Granjas y Campos Sostenibles (Sustainable Farms and Fields, SFF) es un programa de subvenciones que hace que resulte más fácil y asequible para los agricultores y ganaderos implementar prácticas y proyectos climáticamente más sostenibles que permitan incrementar la captura de carbono y reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.

Funding

Next round of SFF funding

  • Funding is now open.
  • This round of SFF funding is focused on livestock and manure management projects only, however, this includes practices that support livestock operations, such as, forage planting, tillage reduction on crops used for feeding livestock, etc.
  • All other types of projects should be held for the next round of applications in July 2024.

Projects funded through this round will be funded using $3 million of Climate Commitment Act funds allocated for SFF, which means that projects need to be completed by the end of the biennium (June 30, 2025).

SFF Climate-Smart Livestock Management - dairy anaerobic digester, alternative manure management, and research and demonstration projects

Please visit the webpage for SFF Climate-Smart Livestock Management funding opportunities.

Success Stories from this Grant Program

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